Our Story

How it all began

Before our success story could begin, something entirely different had to be invented – edible collagen casings.

Edible collagen casings were first developed in the research labs of Johnson & Johnson in 1957 when the seeds of a new company were born.


Originally part of Johnson & Johnson, this new subsidiary company refined the technology for the meat processing industry to fill the need of a casing that provided consistency and performance for high-speed sausage filling equipment. This development enabled manufacturers to produce their products faster and more profitably, while catapulting the company into a leadership position in the emerging edible collagen casings industry.


In 1996, we joined the Nitta family of companies. Nitta Gelatin Inc., is one of the world’s largest gelatin manufacturers.


In December 2019, we were acquired by Viscofan, the world’s leading producer and distributor of artificial casings for the meat industry.


As Viscofan Collagen USA Inc. and Viscofan Collagen Canada Inc., we continue to excel in our expertise of edible collagen sausage casings and offer a wide variety of products with one common characteristic: they all help producers maximize efficiency and productivity, while backed by our quality benchmark.

Today, we offer products covering collagen solutions for the meat industry as well as for the Biomaterials field, all created based on this principle.


Nitta Casings Inc. and Nitta Casings (Canada) Inc. were established when Nitta Gelatin Inc. of Japan purchased Devro North America.


Achieved ISO 9002:1994 certification confirming the company’s compliance with the strict series of standards that are recognized worldwide as the highest international quality system.


Awarded the Environmental Stewardship Certificate by the NJDEP


Achieved ISO 9001:2008 which represents our Quality Management System with an emphasis on customer satisfaction.


Instituted HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) to identify potential safety hazards so that key actions can be taken to reduce or eliminate the risk of hazards being realized.


Began using IcIx (International Compliance Information Exchange) to effectively and efficiently manage validated compliance documentation and communication. (With IcIx, Nitta can manage risk and protect our brand(s) at every stage of the supply chain. We can also be sure that each one of our trading partners lives up to the standards of quality and safety set by our company.)


Collagen tubing for medical instrument testing was recognized at Worldwide Nitta Collagen Research Symposium.


Successfully transitioned our Quality Management System to ISO 9001:2015 with an emphasis on risk-based thinking to enhance the application of the process approach, improve applicability for services, and increase leadership requirements.


Installed innovative manufacturing line and process to improve quality casing products for our customers.



Achieved ISO 22000:2005 certification for our Food Safety Management System.  This has created an integrated management system to provide consistent, quality products and services while ensuring health safety.

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